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What could be harder than 3 dogs in a dinghy? 3 dogs who have been on the boat for ten straight days in a dinghy…After ten days of moving and hanging at anchor in windy weather, Wednesday afternoon the winds settled and the crew took a dinghy ride in…
One of the things that I always question when a blog I’ve been following goes quiet is “I wonder what happened. Did they quit cruising or maybe worse have health issues or get a divorce?” Any number of thoughts pass through my mind as I ponder what could have happened.
Well I’m happy to report that in our case the answer to all of the above is NO. Although our cruising has been curtailed quite a bit since we made that left turn onto the Tennessee River.
As well as Tourist making a left turn so did our lives as we’d known them for the previous few years.
The passing of my Dad was the beginning of our directional change. That was followed by Pam’s Dad being diagnosed with cancer and her Mom’s on going battle with arthritis. That combination prompted the selling of their multi-level house and moving into an independent living facility. A hard move to make but a good one for them and peace of mind for the rest of the family.
A few months later we moved my mother into the same facility when she was diagnosed with dementia. She had been living at home alone and in general not taking care of herself. Getting her to move took a little convincing but once the move was made she hasn’t looked back.
We now have my Mom and Pam’s parents not only in the same facility but across the hall from one another. No one can make a move without us hearing about it!
Needless to say our focus has changed.
As far as the blog is concerned I’ll try to do a few recaps over the next few months of what’s been happening in our lives. There could even be some boating involved.
I covered 2016 in previous posts so I’ll start randomly in 2017.
Since we’ve been home most of our time has been spent locally. We were able to sneak away in June of ’17 for a few days to Las Vegas where we met Rick & Sarah (M/V Private Affair) and Mark & Kate (M/V Mar-Kate). Of course what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas so sorry, no incriminating pictures. Let’s just say we had a good time!
Pam and I did take a one day side trip to the Grand Canyon where we were able to take pictures. So here are a few.
Our first stop out of Vegas was at the Hoover Dam.
Looking out at the low water of Lake Mead.
One of the Lake Mead marinas. Notice where the water level used to be on the mound in the lower part of the picture.
Looking down river from the Pat Tillman Bridge. The old road is visible on the right side of the river.
Pat Tillman Bridge that took traffic off of the dam .
Hoover Dam and Lake Mead from the bridge.
From Hoover Dam we continued on and picked up I-40 at Kingman, Az.
Who could resist stopping at the Road Kill Café in Seligman, Az.
Reliable black water levels make the boat easier to operate and lower costs by reducing the number of pump-outs required. We have sufficient black water tankage to go for two weeks in normal use and, with some care, we can go much more than a month between pump outs. However, when using inaccurate level sensors,…
“Vicinity to the sea is desirable, because it is easier to do nothing by the sea than anywhere else.” —E.F. Benson
Our weather in south Texas has been dreary and cold lately, but today we were given the gift of a beautiful day. I guess we appreciate them more when they are harder to come by. We spent the day with our friends John and Janice at their beach house at Indianola. Their house sits on the point, the inlet of Powderhorn Lake on one side and Matagorda Bay on the other. It’s a spectacular place to watch dolphins play, try your luck at fishing, birdwatch or just relax. It was a wonderful day…with a breathtaking sunset to finish it off.
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Hoorn was the birthplace of Dutch explorer Willem Schoutens, who in 1616 named South America’s Cape Horn after his home town. Also born in Hoorn was Jan Pieterszoon Coen, an officer of the Dutch East India Company and a two-time Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. Not surprisingly, Hoorn was a major Dutch East India…
Once again, I ponder the wonders of my life as we enter the tenth year of cruising full time in paradise. This past year brought us to many familiar new places and a few new ones. Easy living and great new adventures. We started working on the boat and enjoying Subic Bay where we sit in the marina for the ‘rainy season’. This gives us time to do some land travel and enjoy the decadence of civilization. I even found a spa with sauna and jacuzzi nearby. November sent us on a new and most won…
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